Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
Posted 6:12 p.m.
By John Mullin
Former Bears safety Dave Duersons death Thursday is being ruled by the Dade County (Fla.) medical examiner as suicide by gunshot, according to NBCChicago.com.
Duerson, who was found dead in his Miami home Thursday night, also reportedly texted friends that he wanted his brain to be studied by NFL research, particularly the left side. The study will be conducted by the Boston-based Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine and co-director Chris Nowinski.
Duerson took his own life with a bullet to the chest, according to reports.
Over the last five years, Duersons business enterprises had failed, his 24-year marriage to wife Alicia ended in divorce and he was removed from the Notre Dame Board of Trustees after a domestic battery incident.
John "Moon" Mullin is CSNChicago.com's Bears Insider, and appears regularly on Bears Postgame Live and Chicago Tribune Live. Follow Moon on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bears information.
Roquan Smith was still giddy over being drafted by the Bears when he dialed into a teleconference with the media at Halas Hall Thursday night.
“I’m beyond excited, I can’t put it into words how excited I am about this opportunity to be a Chicago Bear,” Smith said. “It’s insane and I’m ready to give the city of Chicago everything I have in me.”
Smith already spoke like a future team leader — a role he ably filled as a junior during Georgia’s run to the College Football Playoff title game — and like a player who can make the rest of the Bears’ defense better.
“What they can expect from me when I arrive is a relentless guy on the field and off the field,” Smith said, “(and) going about my business the right way and going to do whatever it takes to put the Bears in the best possible situation every time I step on to the field.”
Smith said he enjoyed his pre-draft visit to Halas Hall (he even mentioned the ongoing renovations to the facility) and is looking forward to playing with Leonard Floyd again, his teammate at Georgia in 2015. And for a guy who’s spent his entire life in Georgia, he already knows plenty about the Bears’ historic success at his position.
“It’s a great franchise,” Smith said. “It has a lot of rich tradition especially on defense from way back with Dick Butkus and then you have Mike Singletary, Lance Briggs, Brian Urlacher, all those type guys, so it’s insane and I’m excited.”
The Bears took Roquan Smith at No. 8 in the NFL Draft so JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin discussed how Roquan Smith fits in Vic Fangio’s defense and why this felt like a solid, sensible pick by Ryan Pace.
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